Caloprymnus campestris 


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family
Animalia Chordata Mammalia Diprotodontia Potoroidae

Scientific Name: Caloprymnus campestris
Species Authority: (Gould, 1843)
Common Name(s):
English Desert Rat Kangaroo, Plains Rat-kangaroo, Buff-nosed Rat-kangaroo, Desert Rat-kangaroo
French Kangourou-rat Du Désert
Spanish Canguro-rata Desértico

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Extinct ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Australasian Mammal Assessment Workshop
Reviewer(s): Lamoreux, J. & Hilton-Taylor, C. (Global Mammal Assessment Team)
Listed as Extinct because there have been no confirmed records of the species since 1935 despite extensive research within its habitat.
Previously published Red List assessments:
1996 Extinct (EX)
1994 Extinct (Ex)
1990 Indeterminate (I)
1988 Indeterminate (I)
1986 Indeterminate (I)
1982 Indeterminate (I)
1965 Status inadequately known-survey required or data sought

Geographic Range [top]

Range Description: This species was endemic to central Australia. There have been no reliable records of the species since 1935, but there were unconfirmed sightings in Queensland following periods of rain in 1956-1957 and 1974-1975 (Carr and Robinson 1997).
Countries occurrence:
Regionally extinct:
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Population [top]

Population: It is presumed to be extinct. It was apparently never abundant (Smith and Johnson 2008).
Additional data:
Population severely fragmented: No

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Habitat and Ecology: The desert rat-kangaroo was found on gibber plains, clay pans, and sandridges. Individual animals formed shallow nests under a bush or in the open (Smith and Johnson 2008).
Systems: Terrestrial

Threats [top]

Major Threat(s): Direct habitat alteration by humans and introduced predators (cats and foxes) contributed to the extinction of this species.

Conservation Actions [top]

Conservation Actions: There are no conservation measures pertaining to this species.
It is listed on CITES Appendix I.

Citation: Australasian Mammal Assessment Workshop. 2008. Caloprymnus campestris. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2008: e.T3626A9986323. . Downloaded on 29 November 2015.
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